Dear community member,

Our community has been profoundly affected by the heartbreaking stories of the survivors in the Nassar case. Our staff empathizes with the victims and commends them for their strength and courage.  

Created in April 2015, the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) was formed as part of Michigan State University’s efforts to prevent, address and respond to sexual misconduct affecting the campus community.

OIE responds to reports of relationship violence and sexual misconduct by investigating reported incidents, connecting individuals with support and advocacy resources, and assessing and implementing interim and protective measures to provide continued access to education and employment.  

OIE also houses the University’s Title IX Office, which seeks to create a campus free of gender discriminations, sexual harassment and violence, and disability discrimination. Under the leadership of the Title IX director, the Title IX Office works directly with students, faculty, staff and governance groups every day to cultivate a safe, respectful and inclusive campus climate at MSU. Additionally, OIE partners with campus units, the MSU Sexual Violence Advisory Committee, and the MSU Violence-Free Communities Committee to support the University’s prevention, awareness, and outreach efforts.

The first director of OIE was hired in Nov. 2015, and the current Title IX director started in Dec. 2015. Our team remains committed to continuing our work to create spaces for important dialogues, to shape MSU’s culture, and to cultivate a positive campus environment. Visit to access a number of resources that are available to the MSU community. To learn more about OIE’s work, visit

Title IX at Michigan State University

It is the mission of the Title IX program at Michigan State University to cultivate a campus community that is free of sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including relationship violence and sexual misconduct. We do this by:

  • Raising awareness through education and training programs
  • Encouraging individuals impacted to report incidents
  • Holding individuals accountable for violations of university policy
  • Providing students and employees with resources and supportive services to facilitate ongoing academic and professional success
  • Offering opportunities for community engagement

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator at MSU is responsible for the university’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, which include oversight and implementation of the university’s Title IX policies and grievance procedures, monitoring the campus climate, and coordination of efforts across campus related to education, prevention, and training programs.

The Title IX Coordinator is available to meet with any member of the MSU community or campus organizations that would like to discuss the university’s Title IX compliance or work involving matters of sex discrimination, including sexual and gender-based harassment, assault, or violence.

Jessica Norris, Title IX Coordinator
408 W. Circle Drive
Olds Hall, Room 4
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-3922

About Title IX 

Michigan State University's longstanding commitment to providing an educational environment that is free of discrimination on the basis of sex is evidenced in the efforts documented in MSU's Title IX timeline.  While the timeline serves as a reminder of the University's commitment and progress, it also serves as a call to action to build on the decades of progress and pave the way forward as we strive to be better tomorrow than we are today. 

Consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, MSU’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Anti-Discrimination Policy expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that receives federal funding.

Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex includes: 

  • Excluding, separating, denying benefits to, or otherwise treating a person differently on the basis of gender
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual violence, which includes sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking

Title IX protects students, employees, applicants for admission and employment, and other persons from all forms of sex discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.


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